Tuesday, December 24, 2013

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one's on the coast with matthew lazin-ryder this afternoon
sometime after 5:30 but before my usual 5:50 timeslot
talking about christmas beers

legacy liquor store

it's not too late to get those last minute beer gifts!

new and tasty at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Big Rock Cuvee Bru Druivenbier - $13.85

A delightful and intriguing union of barley and grapes, pinot gris courtesy of Therapy Vineyards from Naramata, takes place in the resurrection of this esoteric beer. Golden in colour with notes of grain, biscuit and grapes in its aroma, while a palate of grapes, caramel, and bread all work together for a simple and enjoyable beer. Get your hands on this one of a kind beer from Big Rocks Alchemist series!

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller - $13.55

It’s that time of year again; when big robust beers full of character brave the winter cold to warm us up from head to toe. Mahogany and ruby in colour, this particular barleywine has a huge nose of molasses, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, tobacco and a warming alcohol. All of these aromas translate beautifully in the mouth with an absurd smoothness at this ABV (11.6%) accompanied by earthy hop, more burnt sugar and molasses. This quality brew is good for now or for sometime down the road.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Moon Under Water Wedding Beer - $12.55

There’s something special about single batch beers, maybe it’s the once in a lifetime chance to get to try it, or maybe its how create the beer is. Either way Moon Under Water hit this one clear out of the park. This golden coloured Belgian Triple is spicy and sweet on the nose with all sorts of fruits. Honey, yeast, fruit and spice all contribute to the effervescent palate of the beer. Delicious and dangerously quaffable at its ABV, you’d better snag a bottle before this wedding wraps.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Monday, December 23, 2013

link love

fill out the brewed awakening beer poll - have your voice heard!

too late for this year, but it's never too early to start on next year's: instructions on how to make your own beer advent calendar

and how to make a beer menorah

zerve.com's (a travel website) 7 reasons it's a great time to be a beer lover

more british columbia liquor law changes approved

wondering what to do with all those empties?  wonder no more!

p.s. i'll be on cbc radio's on the coast a little early tomorrow
rather than my usual 5:50 spot, i'll be on with mathew layzin-ryder around 5:35ish

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc's on the coast last week talking about gifts for the beer lover on your holiday list, don't fret!
you can still catch the show by clicking the link and choosing december 10
if you just want to hear me, fast forward to about 10 minutes before the end

i'll be back on the air next tuesday (christmas eve) at 5:50 p.m.
when i'll tell stephen quinn what i think santa would prefer that you left out for him

Monday, December 16, 2013

legacy liquor store

new and delicious beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

Ommegang Take the Black Stout - $11.25

Now this is a stout that even the brothers at Castle Black can call their own. As dark as the abyss itself, this beer is darker than the fates of those that venture beyond the wall. Roasted dark malts, smoky oak and Belgian yeast own the nose of this beer while the palate is all about chocolate, mocha and warming alcohol. This medium bodied beer is rich, delicious and perfect for these cold months. Remember, winter is coming.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Burnside Thundarr the Bavarian Imperial Wheat Ale - $7.55

Don’t let the fact it’s a wheat ale turn you away; this imperial beer can hold its own amongst the dark beers that dominate the season. German through and through, boasting a hazy golden appearance and an aroma dominated by banana, clove and citrus and a flavour profile that is all about that German hustle, specifically orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, banana and clove, this light-bodied brew hides its ABV well at 7.2% with a quaffability that is out of this world.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Alameda Stubs Old Crow Hazelnut Porter - $7.95

A waxed bottle means two things: a lot more difficulty getting to the beer, but a beer that is well worth the extra work. This particular brew is nearly black in colour with a dark tan head and aromas of chocolate, espresso and vanilla that leap from the glass, while in the mouth rich and medium bodied with all sorts of roast malt flavours, chocolate and a defining nuttiness. A spectacular American Porter that has been taken to the next level courtesy of defining hazelnut flavours.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Thursday, December 12, 2013

booze at farmers' markets

looks like camra bc's dream to have beer available at farmers' markets will become a reality.

from camra vancouver president, adam chatburn:
Premier Clark today announced that Farmers Markets will be permitted to sell locally produced craft beer and wine, something that CAMRA BC has been advocating all year. This is a tremendous step forward for BC and shows that the liquor review has listened to the people. I would like to express my gratitude to the hundreds of people who joined in our Farmers Market campaign and signed letters, this is your victory and a victory for a common sense approach to alcohol sales. Let's hope we see more positive changes like this in the new year!"

View the full press release: Liquor changes plant seed for tourism, economic growth.
from camra powell river president, paddy treavor

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

beer gifts for the holiday season

also known as my notes from yesterday's beer column
on cbc radio's on the coast with stephen quinn

gifts for the beer lover:
The holiday season is in full swing. Are you done your shopping yet? Is there still a beer lover or two on your list? Never fear, here are some gift ideas for the beer lovers in your life.

It's too late now to get the beer advent calendars from Craft Beer Importers, featuring 10 Canadian beers, 13 American beers and 1 Mexican beer.  That one is available in early November and usually sells out within days of its arrival in stores, even with a price tag of $130. However, new this year is Phillips' Snowcase - featuring 24 different beers from Phillips, including regular offerings, seasonals and barrel-aged beers and a more modest price tag of $60 - and there may still be a few available around town at government liquor stores.
The beer advent calendar is a gift you have to plan ahead for. Luckily, there are plenty of other gifts for the beer lover that require much less advance planning!  Such as:

While I was at the Make It Fair I saw some fabulous pottery pint cups and steins made by local artist Robyn Williams of Willowcraft. You can see them on her website, willowcraft.ca. The pint cups come in various colours with a round label that says "1 pint" and sell for $25. The steins hold 24 oz and have handles on them. They come in various colours and you can choose ones bearing an ale or lager label, and they cost $35 each. Robyn tells me she has pint cups and steins in stock, so contact her to visit the studio and pick up a gift that also gives back to the community. Willowcraft donates 10% of its profits to Justpotters, a social enterprise that employs people from the margins and people with barriers like mental health and disability issues. Justpotters teaches pottery and job skills.

For the beer loving cyclist in your life, Firebox.com has a six bottle beer holder that goes over the crossbar of your bike. Firebox is located in England but can ship to Canada within 7 business days, so there's still time to order!
For the crafty folks out there, why not hand make a beer gift? Beer cozies are easy to knit or sew for your beer loving friends. Or a growler cozy if you're more ambitious. If you're good with wood, how about a bottle carrier or a growler box? There are plenty of free patterns for all of the above online.
For the board game lover there's the Brewopoly game, or Beer Nerd, the Tasting Trivia Game, both available from Amazon.ca, and just enough time to get it here before the holidays. Also available on Amazon is a poster of the periodic table of beer styles.
A subscription to Taps magazine is only $35 for a year's worth of monthly issues. If you spring for two years you get a pricing break of $60. Tapsmagazine.com is the website.
If you're in a time crunch, a trip to your local liquor store, government or private, makes for easy pickings. There are several great gift sets of beer and swag to choose from. New this year is Howe Sound's "Carton of Coal" three litre pack of Pothole Filler Oatmeal Stout, Megadestroyer licorice stout and Gathering Storm Cascadian Dark ale and a toque for $20.
If you happen to know your beer lovers' favourite brewery, you could purchase some swag from their online store. Tshirts, hats, hoodies, bottle openers, growlers and glassware are usually available and you should have just enough time if you order now to have the goods arrive in time for the holiday. If their favourite brewery is local, you could stop by and pick up the swag yourself. Tasting rooms like Parallel 49 and Brassneck have tshirts and glassware for sale, as well as growlers. A filled growler also makes a great host gift to take to a party with you. Brassneck has 3 different sizes of growlers to choose from. 33 Acres has beautiful ceramic growlers - they ain't cheap, but they're very attractive!  They currently have the 32oz size available.  They also have growler fill cards available for purchase.
If you are looking to buy memories rather than goods, may I suggest one of the many beer tours in town, or tickets to a beer pairing dinner at a restaurant near you.
And, lastly, a plug for my friend Joe Wiebe and his useful reference book, Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries. Joe is offering autographed copies of the book inscribed personally to your beer lover. The book's website is: http://www.craftbeerrevolution.ca/index2.html
I leave you with a few other peoples' beer lovers gift lists: 
beer lovers gift guide from 'blog about beer'
about.com's 10 beer gifts
the brew club's list
the list from squidoo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

on the coast

i'll be on cbc radio one at 5:50 today
on the coast with stephen quinn
talking about what i think you should gift to the beer lover on your list

Monday, December 9, 2013

link love

i could have told you this
but now that cnbc says it, maybe restauranteurs will listen
bigger beer menus boost restaurant sales

main street pub crawl

twelve local christmas beers

beermebc survey results

four winds saison brett wins coveted five pints award from jan zeschky

craftbeer.com's beer style finder
find out which styles you may not have tried that you'll probably fall in love with

Sunday, December 8, 2013

legacy liquor store

new beers at legacy liquor store in vancouver:

New Belgium Accumulation White IPA - $17.55

Winter has settled in, and with all this cold weather come the winter beers. This New Belgium beauty is pale blonde in colour with a big hop bomb of a nose, with predominantly grapefruit, pine and other citrus fruits backing it up. Much like the nose, the palate is all about the hop, with grapefruit, pine, citrus and just a touch of sweet malt pulling through on the finish. Grab this Colorado brew and cuddle up next to the fireplace when it’s too cold to venture out.

Evan Doan | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

R&B Brewing Auld-Nick - $7.80

From our friends located in the historic Brewery Creek district comes a significantly darker shade of beer that will warm you up all the same. A stunning shade of mahogany bursting with aromas of banana bread and buttery caramel that pull through on the palate accompanied by bitter licorice, molasses and dark fruit. A medium body and a lingering finish wrap this beer up as nicely as any present under your Christmas tree.

Chris Bonnallie | Beer Supervisor | Legacy Liquor Store

Parallel 49 Toques of Hazzard - $7.55

Bold and delicious by all means, this Imperial White IPA from our friends at Parallel 49 will definitely warm you up. This hazy amber-coloured beer is a sight to behold with a rich nose of tropical fruits (think pineapple, for instance) that gets you excited for the first sip. All those tropical fruits come into play again on the palate with a lovely mouthfeel that can be attributed to the flaked wheat. This brew will definitely make dreams of sugarplums dance in your head.

Joel Wilson | Beer Team | Legacy Liquor Store

Saturday, December 7, 2013

beer pairing dinners

i love a beer pairing dinner!
(okay, i pretty much always love it when someone else cooks and there's beer!)

i went to cork & fin's beer pairing dinner last wednesday night
featuring six courses of delicious food
and six wonderful brews (including a cask) from moon under water

i got to tap the cask!
my first-ever cask tapping!  and i didn't even fuck it up!
course one:

Caviar, Micro Greens, Saffron Oil
‘Pots Pils Unfiltered’ Pilsner

course two:

European Style Sausage, House Mustard, Pickles, Rye Bread
‘Tranquility’ India Pale Ale

course three:

Pork Belly, Crackling, Sauce Mornay
‘The Victorious’ Weizenbock


course four:

Local Oysters, Frites, Stout Tartar Sauce
C & F – Moon Oyster Stout

course five:

Oxtail, Braised Vegetables, Puff Pastry
Single Moon Batch Red Wheat Wine Ale ‘Year 1’

course six:

Dunkel Sabayon
‘Creepy Uncle’ Dunkel

it was a truly delightful night
good company, delicious food, brilliant beers and nice pairings
totally worth the $59

i also went to a long table dinner at the pumphouse in richmond last saturday night
the pumphouse is launching a new locally sourced, fresh and sustainable menu
so they invited a few lucky people out to give feedback on the new foods, and paired them all with beer!
lucky, lucky me to be one of those fortunate souls!
it was delicious!
the only problem?  too much food and beer.  i barely made it to the end of all five courses and it took me an extra hour or two to finish all the beer.  oh, and i put on two pounds... first world problems!

look how excited i am
and the beer hasn't even been poured yet:

course one:
northcoast scrimshaw pilsner
winter salad and chicken strips
(salmon salad and salmon strip for me!)

course two:
steamworks oatmeal stout
meat pie and bbq pork sandwich
(veggie pie and thai sub for me!)

course three:
odin brewing sigrun ipa
mini burger and poutine
(fish burger and veggie poutine for me!)

course four:
elysian brewing super fuzz orange pale ale
flat bread and chopped chicken salad
(i skipped this food course - tooooo full! but there's always room for beer)

course five:
driftwood fat tug ipa
deep fried lime tempura prawns and butter chicken
(prawn and butter prawns for me!)\

and here's the full long table menu for anyone who wants to check out what some of the new offerings at the pumphouse are likely to be:

Friday, December 6, 2013

cbc food bank show

this is the final tally for the goods local beer folks donated to my incentive prize packs for the cbc food bank fundraiser - on today!
i'll be on the air at 5:50 to give these puppies away:

three gift baskets
and one extra special beer


2 Dead Frog Brewing beer glasses
1 Storm Brewing beer glass
1 Storm Brewing growler
1 Storm Brewing tshirt (size men’s medium)
1 Ninkasi Brewing hat (grey)
1 Ninkasi Brewing tshirt (size men’s large)
1 Viti Wine and Lager tote bag
6 650ml beers:
- Driftwood The Heretic (local malt tripel)
- Driftwood Fat Tug (india pale ale)
- Driftwood Son of the Morning (strong golden ale)

- Parallel 49 Russian Imperial Stout
- Dead Frog Commander (imperial stout)
- Dead Frog Antidisestablishmentarianism (amber ale)


2 Dead Frog Brewing beer glasses
1 Storm Brewing beer glass
1 Bomber Brewing growler
1 Parallel 49 beer sign
1 Ninkasi Brewing hoodie (size men’s medium)
1 Ninkasi Brewing tshirt (size women’s large)
1 Viti Wine and Lager tote bag
6 650ml beers:
- Driftwood Fat Tug (india pale ale)
- Driftwood Clodhopper (local malt dubbel)
- Dead Frog Commander (imperial stout)
- Dead Frog Winter Beeracle (winter ale)
- Parallel 49 Sahti Claws (Finnish sahti)
- Parallel 49 Toques of Hazard (imperial white ipa)

2 Dead Frog Brewing beer glasses
1 Steamworks beer glass
1 Bomber Brewing growler
1 Camra Vancouver boston round
1 Camra Vancouver tshirt (size men’s extra large)
1 Ninkasi Brewing hat (black)
1 Ninkasi Brewing golf shirt (size men’s large)
1 Viti Wine and Lager tote bag
6 650ml beers:
- Driftwood Blackstone Porter
- Driftwood Clodhopper (local malt dubbel)
- Dead Frog Antidisestabishmentarianism (amber ale)
- Dead Frog Winter Beeracle (winter ale)
- Steamworks Blitzen (strong ale)
- Parallel 49 Braggot (beer and mead hybrid)

Driftwood Brewing 2009 Old Cellar Dweller

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

cbc food bank fundraiser

i will be joining in on the cbc food bank fundraiser on friday
and i will be providing some incentive gifts for people who pledge
so far i have the following donations:

camra vancouver:
camra boston round
camra tshirt

steamworks branded beer glass
bomber of beer (blitzen)

bomber brewing:
2 bomber growlers

storm brewing:
2 storm branded beer glasses
storm tshirt
storm growler

parallel 49 brewing
4 bombers of beer (braggot, toques of hazard, sahti claws, russian imperial stout)
p49 bar sign

on the coast

if you missed me on cbc's on the coast last week talking about how to host a beer and cheese party this season, you can still catch the show
click the link and choose november 26
if you just want to hear me, fast forward to about 10 minutes before the end